I had two pairs of socks that needed darning. One was thinning and another had a few holes.
After a stash leftovers dive I found a mock fair isle yarn in a turquoise and white colourway, and the white fair isle section ended up blending fairly well. The turquoise part does stand out. I reinforced the weak spots and patched the holes.
I used a Spotlight moda vera yarn. I have a pair of socks in another colourway that have held up pretty well. These socks are a corton blend so they don’t felt at all, and the moda vera is super wash so it won’t felt either. It is a sturdy yarn that will give a lot of wear.
The pink pair is a mosley park yarn and I am not to happy with how it has worn. The dye has faded, almost to white in a few places, and this is second time I have darned them. I do wear these on the carpet more than the others, and this was also just reinforcing before they wore through.
I mended these with yorkshire spinners sock blend with 25% nylon. This is a tougher yarn than merino so hopefully I will get a lot more wear out of them.
I took a darning class with Tom of Holland in Shetland wool week two years ago and I enjoyed seeing my darning is greatly improved. I enjoyed the class and remember thinking that it was quite ‘easy’ to do but difficult to do perfectly. The idea of visibly mending instead of invisibly mending something takes the pressure off of repairing items in a way.
This sent me down a visibke mending and then Boro pinterest wormhole. Boro is a Japanese word that translates to tattered rags and refers to garments that are mended and handed down for generations and become made entirely from patches. Unlike patchwork quilting where fabric it cut then resewn together, in boro garments are patched when they wear through and over time become covered in patches. This touches on many aspects of culture from the value of goods to poverty and then what moved from womens work into works of art. When Japan becone industrialized most of these garments were thrown out, or they were downcycled into actual rags so only a few pieces remain that surface every so often. It makes my once patched socks look pristine and makes you wonder what worn out really is.
I found these repairs surprisingly zen for some reason. Most of the time I put off repairs but this handwork hit the spot for me this week.
I also repaired some linen tea towels that were a house warming gift. The crochet edging came loose in one section and I practiced my blanket stitch in a verigated cotton twist.